Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth?  An abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection when the decay in a tooth has done substantial damage and the cavity has gone very deep into the tooth.  A fractured tooth or root can also let bacteria in and cause infection that leads to an abscess.  An abscess can be extremely painful, and even life-threatening.  Many times, the best treatment for an abscess is the extraction of the infected tooth.  After the extraction and ample healing time, the missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.

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